Dave_the_Proc

Dave_the_Proc

  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Doing a re-read through the whole Discworld cannon (because: why not, and as an act of remembrance), and came across this quite appropriate -- to the last few comments on the subject of god -- quote in Night Watch, regarding...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Since we're sailing merrily towards comment #900 and so far have managed tangents-within-tangents-within-tangents, I would have to say that anything is fair game at this point! (And hey, there's always something new to learn, or the very least, argue about.)...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Some might. Others might say we all live in a shared psychological Anhk-Morpork (still others are trying to sell in-sewer-ants). P.S. I enjoy the witching hour digressions (am expecting interesting times tonight especially)....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    You got me there, to be honest (lack of infinite time *sad face*). The last comment was just off-the-cuff bad taste humour....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    That's a little lacking in imagination. (That probably sounds snarkier than intended. Apologies.)...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    But dammit all to heck! I want magic! </disappointed style="humor fail">...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    No one (as far as I can tell) has noticed what I'm doing either; but since it's all for my own reasons and own entertainment, and I don't have a burning reason to explain or expect anyone else to see...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Hence my choice of the word "monologue" in a previous post. Decide what you want to take away from CatinaDiamond's posts, because she has already decided all that she's willing to give. (This probably isn't multi-layered, but your mileage may...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Or a drug that allows perfect access to memory? Seems like a good idea, but the unintended consequences ... (I know that there's a novel out there about this, forget the name/author)....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    (glyph: sadness)...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    I've always enjoyed the use of the concept of "non-Euclidean geometry" -- it feels to me like one of the most evocative descriptions anywhere in HPL's work....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    One of the constraining factors that you run up against very quickly when trying to implement 3D visualization within any software interface is that most users are still limited to a 2D display surface. I suspect that if you're wiring...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Absolutely. Any environment that kind be used to tap into that primal fear of capture (and some of those more modern examples are brilliant, since you're not just trapped, you are trapped in an environment with an ever tighter death...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Greg, put it down to completely different styles of communicating. When you (and most of the other regular posters) want to break out an idea or respond to a poster here, you carefully structure a response into something very like...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Noticing that the stories that are cropping up as scary/disturbing/unsettling are those with a much more self-contained setting and effect. (Of course, it's hardly news that the most effective horror stories include a sense of confinement/no escape, often through use...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    It's slightly to the side of the main Cthulu mythos, though uses some of the same locations and explores similar themes, but I'd raise you "The Color Out Of Space" as another genuinely unsettling story....
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Do what other people won't. It suffuses the corporate culture starting with the much more euphemistic "think outside the box", and a terrifying amount of time is spent within large corporations trying to find new ways to make "resources" behave...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I'm not sure that your analogy holds water. When practicing volleys against a wall you still have a clear measure of your improvement (in terms of never missing, increased stamina, other physical measurements(?)); but how do you measure "improved rhetoric"...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Another overly simplistic concept that I've found useful in processing CatinaDiamond's monologues (very deliberate word choice there): There are two ways of understanding things; my way, and the wrong way....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    Indeed. Careless phrasing due to recently spending time in the company of too many sane people who are able to parse statements like that without frothing at the mouth (probably would have been safer to say Britain, GB, mainland-UK, but:...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    Yup. The Irish road network is littered with cases like that. Although, in the boom years of the Celtic Tiger there was a lot of long overdue investment in the road networks, and most of the major cities are now...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    Attempt to drive almost anywhere in Ireland other than from Dublin to Belfast, and you'll long to be back on those crappy English motorways! (OK, there are a few other routes with serviceable motorway-lite roads, but not a lot.)...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I'm starting to form the impression that CatinaDiamond may in fact be on the road to becoming a Strange Attractor all by herself! (Female pronoun chosen with caution.) But after a recent epiphany (of sorts), I have to agree that...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    We're bumping against one of the limits of our new telepathic abilities here: Can we trust these telepathic signals and their sources; we have no way of confirming the source or even intent beyond the pure content of the message...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I don't think it's a matter of brain capacity so much as a certain pattern of thought. The whole thing popped into focus for me over the course of this thread, as it's a style of communication that a small...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    You're in something of a grey area there. Let's not get excessive!...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    And yes, I'd like that bright shining future too. I have a number of very very very good reasons to wish for this....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Serious answer: Yes. Alas, I (now) lack your detailed recall and facility to find the right quote to illuminate both the surface and the whole of the thing (for whatever value of "thing"). There was a time when I could...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I think you're getting the hang of the reply shennanigans quite well. However, you also missed the point of my post and plunged into the depths of patterns and symbolism where none was intended. Sometimes a cigar is just a...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Oh come on Greg! If we all start posting in plain English the black-ops-secret-government-alien-AIs-from-another-dimension will turn up and eat our brains! Or something. Hold the "wooooo!", I'd like to get off at the next stop and page some reality please....
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